Water Meadows health suite to close

Mansfield District Council has taken a decision to rationalise the health suite facilities available across the district’s leisure centres.

As a result of a review by Mansfield District Leisure Trust and the District Council, it has been decided to close the health suite at Water Meadows (effective from late December 2013) and invest in the health suite at Oak Tree Leisure Centre by replacing the sauna cabin and making improvements to the relaxation area.

Low customer usage levels and the need for significant investment in the health suite facilities at Water Meadows and the Oak Tree Leisure Centre, led Mansfield District Leisure Trust and the Council to review the future of the facilities provided at each of the centres.

The cost to bring the sauna cabins and steam cabin up to standard at Water Meadows was estimated at £70,000. For Oak Tree Leisure Centre, the necessary work required for the health suite would cost approximately £10,000.

Following today’s decision, there will also be a review of the health suite time-table at Oak Tree Leisure Centre with single sex sessions being introduced.

Mansfield District Leisure Trust and the Council will now begin developing proposals for the Water Meadows health suite area, which will be aligned to the family focus of the centre. Potential ideas to utilise the space include a café and children’s soft play area.

Coun Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: “The financial investment required to improve the health suite at Water Meadows cannot be justified based on the low usage levels. Therefore, our money would be better spent on investing in making improvements to Oak Tree Leisure Centre health suite and further developing Water Meadows into a family friendly centre.”

Brian Taylor, Chairman of Mansfield District Leisure Trust, said: “Water Meadows is a family friendly facility at the heart of the community. The potential change of use to the health suite offers a great opportunity for Water Meadows to continue to grow and attract new visitors.”